There are very few dull days in the transfer window, especially when it comes to Tottenham Hotspur’s links. While we wait for the official transfer of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to be announced, it seems Spurs are actively looking at more targets.
Leon Bailey, who plays for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, apparently is looking for an exit to take the next step in his career. Aidy Ward, Bailey’s agent, is quoted in a Football.London story suggesting that it’s time for Bailey to move on.
“The club [Leverkusen] told his stepfather that he can go for a certain amount.
“As soon as I have spoken to the club and the situation is clear, we will know what to do,” he told Sport1.
The 22-year-old has made 32 appearances across all competitions for Leverkusen this season, contributing seven goals and three assists.
Bailey made 32 appearances for the German club across all competitions, scoring seven goals and notching three assists in just under 1500 minutes. He has killer pace and his radar is certainly fun to look at, as shown below:
There’s a couple of questions that need to be answered here before we start treating this seriously, even with agent comments suggesting Bayer are okay with selling him. Firstly, what is the potential price tag? Bailey has three years remaining on his contract so Bayer can demand a pretty healthy fee. It may be around what Spurs paid Bayer for Heung-Min Son’s services a few years back, which was £27m. Admittedly, that’s pure conjecture but seems about right.
The second question is would Bayer actually sell both Bailey and Havertz in the same window? We know Chelsea are practically knocking their door down with a Brinks truck so for the German side to decide to sell both would be a pretty big development.
Lastly, where would he fit in this Spurs squad? I know the simple answer is “depth” but I don’t think it’s that easy. He can play either wing comfortably and potentially gives Mourinho options to go with Sonny, Steven Bergwijn, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela. Bringing in Bailey almost certainly means one of those players heads for the exit.
I would love this signing, personally. It’s another weapon to add to the attack which will be vital for Mourinho, especially when the early months of the season are going to be packed with fixtures. Agent talk certainly isn’t nothing, so if Spurs are truly interested, expect to hear more.